First Monday of October: World Habitat Day
The World Habitat Day was on 3 October 2016 observed across the world with the theme Housing at the Centre.
The 2016 World Habitat Day campaign aims to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing for all in urban areas, towns and cities.
Focus of the theme
• Access to adequate housing is a global challenge growing fast with urbanization. Around one quarter of the world’s urban population continues to live in slums and informal settlements.
• An increasing number of urban dwellers, especially the poor and vulnerable groups (women, migrants, persons with disabilities and HIV, elder, youth and LGBT) are living in precarious conditions, addressing their housing needs informally, lacking access to basic services and living space, isolated from livelihood opportunities and vulnerable to forced evictions or homelessness.
• Every day, as people are born in or move to urban centres in search of opportunities, the demand for housing grows.
• Globally, a billion new houses are needed by 2025 to accommodate 50 million new urban dwellers per year.
• World Habitat Day is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout the world.
• It was officially designated by the United Nations and first celebrated in 1986.
• The purpose of the day is to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter.
• It also aims to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations.
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Where: Across the world
When: 3 October 2016
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